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Best way to remove membrane from lots of ribs?

post #1 of 35
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I will be smoking about 40 racks of baby back ribs for a graduation party this weekend.  My question - what is the best (most efficient) way to remove the membrane from all of these ribs?

 

post #2 of 35

slide the flat side of a knife between the membrane and a bone just enough for you to get  your finger in there.  Lift the membrane up enough to be able to grab it with a paper towel.  The membrane should peel right off

post #3 of 35

If you have alot use catfish pliers.

post #4 of 35

+1 on what alblancher said.  I use a butter knife, I have also seen what I believe was an oyster knife? used too.

post #5 of 35

spoon handle

post #6 of 35

...what ya do is get down there with your teeth and......

 

no not really, butter knife or spoon handle then paper towel for grip.

 

 

Also, don't for get to drop by ROLL CALL to tell us about yourself.  

 

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post #7 of 35

Bring Friends!

post #8 of 35
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Originally Posted by realtorterry View Post

Bring Friends!



Yeah...that's the ticket!!

 

  Craig

 

post #9 of 35

This may not be the Politicly Correct way of doing it but I run the membrane side under some hot tap water for a few seconds and with paper towel for grip it peels of like Buttah!! The warmth from the water melts the conective fat just enough to loosen it from the  bones and meat.

 

Give it a try!

SOB

post #10 of 35
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Originally Posted by SmokingOhioButcher View Post

This may not be the Politicly Correct way of doing it but I run the membrane side under some hot tap water for a few seconds and with paper towel for grip it peels of like Buttah!! The warmth from the water melts the conective fat just enough to loosen it from the  bones and meat.

 

Give it a try!

SOB



Wow!!  Thanks SOB ..I will try to remember this..

 

  Craig

 

post #11 of 35

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post #12 of 35

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post #13 of 35
Buy them from Costco membrane is usually already removed.Least ways last few times I bought them they were.
post #14 of 35

Most efficient way for me, is to use butter knife under center rib. Stick finger in, and lift up. Pulls both sides up and off equally from the center. I have less instances of having to break out the paper towel to pull off membrane that tore from the one-side-to-the-other method.

 

Good Luck, and take pics!

post #15 of 35
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Originally Posted by desertlites View Post

Buy them from Costco membrane is usually already removed.Least ways last few times I bought them they were.



The Costco comment is dead on.  Just bought 17 lbs of them (two packages each had three full racks) and was looking for the membrane.  They were all removed and for only 3.99 lb ($2 less than the supermarket's sale price).

 

post #16 of 35
Yup there quality is right up there too.
post #17 of 35

I used to use a spoon handle.. But now I use my wife... I told her she is now my sous chef and taking the membrane off is a  sous chef Job!!biggrin.gif  She has not caught on yet

post #18 of 35
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Originally Posted by SmokingOhioButcher View Post

This may not be the Politicly Correct way of doing it but I run the membrane side under some hot tap water for a few seconds and with paper towel for grip it peels of like Buttah!! The warmth from the water melts the conective fat just enough to loosen it from the  bones and meat.

 

Give it a try!

SOB


I do this every time I do ribs, works like a charm.
 

 

post #19 of 35

I like to use my teeth.....or a paper towel whichever works for your.  yahoo.gif  Butter knife and paper towel that works the best for me I find baby back though you can just use your hand most of the time

post #20 of 35
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Originally Posted by bpopovitz View Post




I do this every time I do ribs, works like a charm.
 

 


BOOYA!!
 

 

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